Car: not necessary
Regent Terrace is a quiet Georgian cobbled street skirting Calton Hill with its fabulous panoramic views. Built in the 1820's and designed by William Playfair it is part of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site and is close to both the old town and the rest of the Georgian New Town. A short stroll into Princes Street and George Street takes one to the prime shopping area. Alternatively visit the Royal Mile with its ancient closes and more specialised boutiques. Almost all tourist attractions can be reached on foot but alternatively public transport is close at hand. For the energetic a brisk walk up Arthur's Seat is an option or explore on cycle paths.
Edinburgh has more than enough to offer to keep visitors entertained but also makes a good base for exploring more of Scotland. Day trips by train or coach are possible to many of Scotland's well known towns and cities and those with a car will find it easy to explore the Borders, East Lothian, Fife and the Central Belt.